As Kliff Kingsbury was introduced as head football coach of Texas Tech, one word suddenly became very popular. Jay Balderas, a student, said of the new hire "i'm really excited, I think it's great for the program" while former student Dave Gray said as you can see everyone's all excited about him. So just in the last couple of days, everyone's all excited about him coming back and bringing back that excitement that we've missed the last three years."
It was a press conference that felt like a pep rally. In fact, the word "excited" probably didn't do justice to the actually atmosphere, as the new coach was officially introduced.
Khalid Naziruddin, former Texas Tech cornerback said "I think it's great, you know. Having a teammate that understands Lubbock number one. And then coming back, he's actually played the game for us so there's a different type of passion there. Especially because he's a Tech alumni so I think it will be great for the university."
Eric Morris, who caught almost 200 calls between 2005 and 2008, is joining Kingsbury as an assistant coach. He said "To come back home where my family is, where my roots are, for a university that I played for that and I love for so much that I competed, competed my butt off for. And so you know and to work for somebody like Kliff. And which is, there's a reason he's here at such a young age."
Tech great E.J. Holub was a record breaker like Kingsbury. A two-time All-American center in 1959 and 1960, he's the only player to start in two Super Bowls on different sides of the ball. And he's ecstatic Tech chose to stay within the family saying "the enthusiasm he'll bring to everybody and you know. Once you're a Red Raider, you're always a Red Raider."
Having a united fan base should help the football team get fueled up to win games. Richard Guzman, the first member of the Kingsbury Fan Club says "having the crowd behind you means so much to the football players, and everyone involved." Naziruddin adds "intensity. You know that fire for Texas Tech. And just putting Texas Tech on the map as far as being number one and have the mentality to be that."
Cody Hodges was the starting quarterback for the Red Raiders in 2005 and says "I mean he's a smart guy. I mean he's a great coach. I mean If you look at were he's been at just Houston and then A&M the last few years, I mean he knows what he's doing."
Kingsbury responded to the welcome saying the outpouring of support from fans has been incredible and makes him feel at home.